Matterhorn Wedding {Jessica + Brian}



Take some vintage flair, innovative handmade details, an awesome photographer, a sprinkle of blue and black and what do you get? You get super gorgeous wedding pictures captured by Angel Canary Photography Inc.

Jessica and Brian wed in an emotional ceremony at Nappanee United Methodist Church followed by the reception at Matterhorn Conference Center. Jessica explains, “The entire first half of the ceremony. When my dad and I got down the aisle, both of us had been fighting back tears the entire way. My mom stood up beside me to give me away as well, and I was just overcome with emotion, when I realized I had forgotten my vows upstairs in the church. In the end, someone did get the vows to me, and saying our own vows to each other was so sweet and memorable and one of our favorite parts of the ceremony.”

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Jessica recalls “I didn’t cry! I was nearly hyperventilating walking down the aisle trying to prevent the tears and keep a smile on my face, but for the most part I held it together. We were both surprised I wasn’t a sobbing mess throughout the day!”

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The bridesmaids wore pretty blue and black bridesmaid dress. “The dresses are from Greta’s in South Bend and the designer is Alexia. I got the gloves from Amazon.com, they are just like Halloween costume gloves, the brand is Franco. Their shoes are from Deb” says Jessica.

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“I made all of the programs myself. I loved the idea of them all looking different, with different black and white paper, and with an ‘E’ in Tiffany Blue. But I also wanted a photo of us, so I put that on the inside cover page. A friend of mine whose wedding I was in a few years back had written something personal about each of the attendants in her program and I loved it, so I wanted to include that in mine as well” says Jessica.

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The bridesmaids wore unique handmade jewelry. Jessica explained, “I searched and searched for necklaces that I liked, and found pictures of lots of different ones that had parts that I liked.  I finally decided I would just try to make them, combining all of the different ideas I liked into 1 necklace.

Each of the girls has a different pendant, and all of the stuff used to make them were from Michael’s and/or Hobby Lobby. The bracelets and earrings were just kind of an after thought that I put together really quickly from some extra materials. I also made the necklace, bracelet and earrings for the flower girl. Let me just say that yes I really love how the jewelry came out, most notably the necklaces, but they were a lot of work! Each one took anywhere from 1 1/2 – 5 hours, and there’s a fine line between the value of your money and your time.”

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Jessica recalls, “I had lace from my mom’s wedding dress wrapped around the stems of my bouquet, which was my ‘something old’. I had my ‘something blue’ in my shoes, ribbon around the bouquet, and the flower on my garter.  My ‘something borrowed’ was the little purse I carried, which was borrowed from a friend. And just about everything [else] was ‘something new’.”

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Jessica wore earrings bought on eBay and a gorgeous wedding dress by Maggie Sottero. Her veil, headpiece, and bracelet were from Stephenson’s in Elkhart.

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“On the head table, I made the ‘Mr. & Mrs.” sign and the ‘Edwards’ sign, which I was also inspired by photos I saw online. These were actually really easy, and I think they made a big impact and I now have them hanging up in my house” says Jessica.

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“The big ‘E’ behind the head table was a paper mache letter I found at JoAnn’s and knew I had to do something with it. That ‘E’ took hours to get the color right and glue on all the crystals. We wrapped fabric around a piece of masonite for the backer, and then attach the ‘E’ to it.”

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“I got ideas for all of the different centerpieces just from searching around for ideas online. I got the manzanita branches for the centerpieces and the Wish Tree as well as the crystal strands from Save on Crafts. For any centerpieces with grapevine, my mom and I took apart old grapevine wreathes and soaked them in water before putting them inside the vases so that they would be flexible.”

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“I wanted to do something different than a guest book, and came across a photo of a wish tree and just knew that’s what I had to do”, says Jessica.

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From the Bride:

More wonderful DIY details?

“I made each and every decoration at the ceremony and reception. The balls hanging from the pews are made of Styrofoam balls with crinkled coffee filters pinned to them, spray-painted in various colors, with crystals hanging from the bottom and at the top. These were also then hung over the dance floor.

My cousin did the Cord of Three Strands, or God’s Knot, in his wedding, and instead of paying $40 for a few colored ropes; I decided to make my own for my ceremony as well.

The place cards were made with the excess paper from the programs [and] my mother-in-law put them together. I created the RSVP and map cards sent with the invitations as well as the rehearsal invite.

I made the seating assignment board as well, once again combining multiple ideas and photos into exactly what I wanted. I also made the card box.

My mom made quite a few items as well: the flower girl’s dress, her flower cone (basket), and the ring bearer pillow. A lot of things from my wedding I found for sale or saw photos of online, but decided it would be much less expensive to just make them myself!”

Advice for brides?

“Start your planning as soon as you get engaged, and don’t take the time you have before your wedding for granted, especially if you’re a do-it-yourself bride. We had a long engagement so I kept thinking I had so much time to do and create everything I wanted to do for the wedding, but I stretched myself too thin towards the end and wished that I would have done more in advance.”

Congratulations Jessica and Brian and thank you for sharing your lovely wedding pictures and wedding story.

Jessica and Brian’s Style Guide

Photographer: Angel Canary Photography Inc

Floral Designer: One of a Kind Events

Reception Venue: Matterhorn Conference Center

With Thanks to Two Bright Lights

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“I’m Marcela, an Aussie expat living in Hong Kong. This space is where I share my love for weddings and bits and pieces from my family’s life and adventures. I love celebrating weddings, motherhood, family, travel and life’s simple joys.”